Timing is Everything: What to Consider…

Rhinoplasty is leading in the top five most popular surgical procedures requested and performed in the United States due to the low risk factors and ultimately life changing results. There was even a 10 % increase from 2012 to 2013 alone. Safety, cost, and a common standard routine practice drive more people to inquire and educate themselves on the specific corrections and the procedures/treatment options available that can optimize a solution achieving their ideal expectations and image. Although there are many different types of reasons that contribute to an individual’s motivation to seek out information about rhinoplasty, most people lack the knowledge of what to really consider and their timing.

Most individuals who have been thinking about a procedure like this, hopefully have been contemplating the reasons for a very long time before engaging in heavy research for the right surgeon and the right treatment plan. The non-invasive solutions that are offered do not have permanent effects but individuals looking for a full-lasting reconstructive change should be concentrated on obtaining as much knowledge as possible and selecting the appropriate methods that meet the needs of what they are hoping to accomplish.

At a young age many individuals begin to question what their options are and what can be done regarding their insecurities and their cosmetic appearance. Appearance becomes more and more important to us when we enter our adolescent years. Coincidently, those seem to also be the years we look at ourselves as the most awkward and unattractive in life’s stages. People are still at a developmental point and growing into their facial structures and physical traits. Although this is a normal stage for everyone, some are affected on a much deeper level that leads them to rushing into a decision they may or may not be ready for.

Most professionals suggest to wait until the nasal bones have fully grown and matured. This usually happens around the age of 15 or 16, however, since every individual is different, it is imperative for a full analysis before performing any procedure. This also differs between males and females as boys tend to have growth spurts a little bit later on in life. Operating on the nose before growth has stabilized can have significant consequences and nasal changes that will drastically alter not just the appearance of the nose but potentially disrupt the remainder of facial growth. For the most part, rhinoplasty is irreversible. Although, there may be corrective options available, those should not be relied upon. The nose is the focal point in the center of the face, decisions should not be made lightly and should result in long-lasting benefits, not forever pending regret. Even at that age parental consent is still required, as well as an evaluation or screening of the teenager is typically administered in order to determine if the adolescent is mature enough to fully understand the magnitude and risks of the surgery.

Sometimes treatment is appropriate at an earlier age if there is an internal defect that has been causing breathing problems or other corrective issues. Rhinoplasty should be an extremely personalized experience. Many surgeons do not feel comfortable initiating or recommending a treatment plan to adolescents until the individuals have entered adulthood and have a more realistic expectation with a stronger sense of self and larger mental scope of the journey ahead.

Some people may not even notice you’ve had anything done which can seem very bizarre, considering that your nose has just been reshaped and you have just spent a week recovering. While on the other hand, after your corrective nose has been revealed, some may experience disappointment or even horror. People do not consider the initial psychological dysmorphia that can temporarily occur just due to the shock of not looking exactly like yourself and what you are used to seeing. The nose is still improved, more aesthetically pleasing, and is of no reflection of the success of the surgery, but now you have to mentally adjust to the outcome. Plastic surgeons can sculpt your nose and make it look better, but within limits. It’s fine to provide your plastic surgeon with photos of noses you like as well, but keep in mind that all surgeons have to work within the framework of your face, not a celebrity’s. You must be conscious of your decision and what your true goals are. Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal. When it comes to rhinoplastic procedures, emotional maturity is just as crucial as physical maturity to ensure optimal results and satisfaction.

Many people jump into the process without taking into consideration their unique ethnic background. This is also why it is imperative to select a surgeon that has a wide range of experience catering to individuals with distinct cultural, facial structures and features. Ethnic Rhinoplasty has several sub-categories that specialize in specific techniques and procedures that focus on perfecting those innate characteristics among different ethnicities. This is a discussion you must have with your plastic surgeon to maximize your results and make sure you are both on the same page. The plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with exceptional outcomes and details regarding their previous work with different ethnic identities. It is to be understood by both parties if the individual desires to keep particular features in order to maintain a certain type of respect for one’s ethnic heritage or if the individual is seeking an opportunity to shy away from those common cultural identifiers.

As any surgery or operation does, rhinoplasty carries possible uncertainties and risks that should be addressed. When surgical procedure is accessed and performed by a qualified plastic surgeon complications are infrequent and minor. In order to reduce these risks even more, individuals need to carefully select the surgeon that is right for them, confirm the surgeon’s credibility, and follow the surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery.  Communication will always be the dividing factor between a successful and unsuccessful rhinoplasty procedure.

Ideal Rhinoplasty candidates should be in overall good health, completed the growth process, and truly understands the “unified vision” and benefits of the intended results generated by both the individual and the surgeon. While rhinoplasty can improve one’s appearance in dramatic ways, there are still limitations. Open and clear communication between surgeon and patient, combined with a patient’s recognition of realistic outcomes, is the best combination to ensure satisfactory and appreciated results

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